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Father's Day Whisky
12 June 2019

Father’s day is fast approaching, and with that in mind we’ve opened up the doors of our increasingly well apportioned whisky library to present three perfect gifts for the occasion. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters – frankly, whoever ends up being the lucky recipient, they’ll find any one of the three whiskies below a fabulous addition to their whisky cabinet.

Caol Ila Unpeated 15 year old was first released at the end of last year. A cask strength bottling released at 59.1%, from the much sought after annual Special Releases series, it is a fascinating dram that offers up an unpeated expression of this famously peated Islay distillery. Once a year a single batch of unpeated malt would be sent to barrels, most of it used and prized by blenders for its combination of highland style and island distillery soul. Those kept separate make up the unpeated releases, which in 2018 means combination of refill and rejuvenated American hogsheads and ex-bodga European oak butts. With a waxy, heathery intensity on the nose, there’s an undeniable whisp of burnt cedar and fresh cigar ash despite the unpeated nature of the original malt. With time this that runs to orange peel, nutty cereals and then dried peat and an almost sappy, minty character with a dash of water. The palate is broad, long, driving and full of spice, salt, liquorice, anise and even black pepper, before cinnamon and steeped raisins appear on the finish, shrouded another whisp of nocturnal smoke neatly mimicking the one found at the start. It’s a superb dram that will satisfy the most cerebral of minds…appealing to lovers of Caol Ila and a more unpeated style alike.

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